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2013 Program Overview, Schedule,
and Guidelines

2nd Annual International Conference on

Communal Wounds and Victim Identities

October 16-19, 2013 ~  Amman, Jordan

Endorsed and Supported by:
and over 100 professional associations, universities, and organizations internationally

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Charter for Compassion & Parliament of World's Religions

Full Program ~ Presenter Bios

On This Page Find:
List of Presenters, List of Program Sessions, Format of the Conference, Conference Components, Daily Schedule, Session Descriptions, and Guidelines for Dialogue

 Samples of Presenters:

Patch Adams, Stanley Krippner, Alexandra Asseily, Francine Shapiro, Carl Hammerschlag, Steve Olweean, Tanya Awad Ghorra, Myron Eshowsky, Alvaro Cedeno, Mona Zaghrout, Nadim Al Moshmosh, Filiz Celik, Barbara Hamm, Holly Aldrich, Mary Harvey, Tirzah Firestone, Lewis Aptekar, Raed Zughul, Gerard Brooker, Jymal Morgan, Vanina Grossi, Valeria Cini

 Samples of Sessions:

Keynotes: Patch Adams, MD, Alexandria Asseily, PhD, Stanley Krippner, PhD

Sample of Breakout Sessions:

1) "Healing in Community"
In this program we will talk about how to stop "pathologizing" the normal responses to abnormal conditions; and give practical examples of how, in short periods of time, we can make heartfelt, therapeutic connections and interventions with people that promote psychological healing.
Carl Hammerschlag, MD

2) "Discovering And Practicing NonViolent Communications (NVC) On The Way To Conflict Resolution"
Active and interactive workshop, where we start by defining communication (feelings, needs, process, verbal, non-verbal), followed by NVC practice(does and don'ts, active listening, understanding the way I see facts...), NVC during conflict, the four ways of conflict resolution, understanding the conflict circle. All done in an active way, with over five "games" or exercises to be used by participants in their fields.
Tanya Awad Ghorra

3) "Introducing EMDR in an Arab Culture Working Within Communities and Across Generations"
background into the EMDR psychotherapy approach and ways in which this has been developed, for example with groups and as an integrated approach with families. The principles and theoretical background of EMDR and Adaptive Information Processing will be outlined and case examples will be presented showing the use of the EMDR approach with survivors of violence and torture.
Mona Zaghrout, MA

4) "Transgenerational Trauma, Ancestor Syndrome and Use of Symbol/Ritual for Healing"
This presentation offers an overview of the psychological, physical, and spiritual aspects of transgenerational trauma. We will explore the question of "does history repeat itself?" in individual, family, and community life or what indigenous people refer to as "ancestor issues". Examples of the power of symbol as both source of conflict and possibility for healing will be presented. Depending on discussion direction. participants will experience indigenous use of ritual/ceremony for community trauma healing.
Myron Eshowsky, MS

5) "Patient's Role in the Management of Mental Disorders "
The importance of patient's role in the management of mental health problems is often either ignored or forgotten. Knowledge of the cultural and social background, working on psycho-education, fighting stigma, explanations of presentation and prognosis of mental disorders can help long way. Engaging patients and empowering them, identifying the sick role and how this can be addressed along with gaining family support can lead to longer lasting outcomes.
Nadim Al Moshmosh, MD

6) "Dersim Massacre 1937-38: Why the Subsequent Generations of Survivors Want Recognition of the Trauma"
The genocidal massacre of people of Dersim 1937-38 will be discussed from a psycho-social point of view. It will address; i-what is transmitted, ii-how it is transmitted , and iii- what are the impact of the massacre on the later generations.
Filiz Celik, PhD candidate

7) "From Victim to Wounded Healer: The Power and Pitfalls of Compassion"
Profound suffering elicits a choice: Bitterness, paralysis, fear, or alternatively, facing our pain and recovering the seeds of our strength, then to feel and heal the suffering of others. We will look at the individual and collective journey to compassion, and study the challenges for healthcare providers along the way, such as compassion-fatigue, secondary trauma, and self-care
Tirza Firestone, Ph.D. Candidate

8) "Telling, Listening, Taking Action: Interventions to Address and Prevent Transgenerational Trauma"
Panelists will discuss the organizing framework and varied initiatives of the Victims of Violence Program, focusing on: (1) the Center for Homicide Bereavement (Aldrich), (2) work with victims of political violence (Hamm) and (3) Violence Transformed, an annual series of community-wide visual and performing arts events (Harvey).
Barbara Hamm
, Psy.D, Holly Aldrich, L.I.C.S.W., Mary Harvey, Ph.D.

9) "Aikido as a Model for Trauma Treatment and Self Care"
The martial art of aikido offers a model to help us understand psychological and physical responses to traumatic events. During this experiential presentation participants will learn what happens during dissociation, how triggered responses to trauma lead us to forget our inner knowings of self care/protection, and how aikido principles can be used to prevent trigger responses based in past trauma and for personal empowerment.
Myron Eshowsky, MS

10) "Changes in adolescent development among second generation Ethiopian displaced war victims"
This study of displaced Ethiopian war victims found less psychopathology among second generation adolescents than expected. Changed dynamics between themselves and their parents fostered more productive coping strategies, particularly among the females. This information is used to develop a low cost mental health program.
Lewis Aptekar, PhD

11) "The Journey From Change to Transformation"
"20 minute presentation on dynamics that allow us to go from ordinary to extraordinary, followed by 60 minute interactive workshop of small group sharing about issues that arise from the presentation. Example: "As professionals in the health care field, we do not suffer failure easily. When you fail, do you allow guilt to stop your progress, or do you re-load your potential and get on with the work of healing?" Give an example." As presenter, I will bring as many prepared questions/issues to the interactive groups as time will allow. Groups will do inter as well as larger group sharing
Gerard Brooker
, EdD,

12) "Trauma, Colonization, and Identity - Case studies from Aotearoa, New Zealand"
This presentation outlines how colonization undermines the fundamental human need for cohesive identity and creates painful conflicts in self-understanding, which lead invariably to various forms of psycho-social suffering. It is explained how this trauma can be addressed through the conscious reconstruction of contemporary indigenous identities.
John Reid
, PhD, Jymal Morgan, MA

13) "The Paper Puppet's Workshop: Create a Paper Puppet With Your Hands"
This is an artistic and theatrical performance in which participants learn to build paper puppets with nothing else but their own hands and paper. The use of puppets can promote fantasies and imaginary games to express and tell stories - inventing new world seeds for the flower garden. These technics can be effectively used particularly with children in refugee camps.
Vanina Grossi, Valeria Cini

Special Presentation:
Social Health Care training and treatment program:
Innovations in local capacity building for communal trauma recovery and preventing it's inheritance into future generations.
Steve Olweean, MA

Topical Plenary Panels:

1) "Community Healing Itself: Transition From Victims To Survivors As Healers"
Carl Hammerschlag, MD, Alexandra Asseily, PhD, Nadim Al Moshmosh, MD, Steve Olweean, MA
Moderated by: Raed Zughul
, MD

2) "Compassion and Shared Joy in Building Resilience and Healing Communal Trauma"
Patch Adams
, MD, Tanya Awad Ghorra, MBA, Alvaro Cedeno, JD
Moderated by:
Steve Olweean
, MA

Format and Character of the T T Conference *:

The 4 day conference is a highly interactive learning community. Prepared workshops and presentations are designed to both impart skills, share research and knowlege, and stimulate in-depth dialogue and deliberation leading to increased understanding and next steps.

Focused skills workshops, presentations, topical panels, roundtables, and dialogue groups actively engage all participants in addressing and investigating the many dimensions, symptoms, and implications of Transgenerational Trauma.
Examples of complex questions to address include, but are not limited to, exploring and considering:
 New models, new methods, and new approaches for healing communal trauma
 A common interdisciplinary, cross-cultural perspective and definition;
 Evidence of historical or anthropological presence
 Dynamics and influences relative to past, present, and future relationships between and within communities,
 Interplay of psychological, social, biological, and transpersonal/spiritual factors
 Traditional and developing mechanisms for responding to and healing collective trauma,
 Unprecedented challenges of moving from understanding and treating the individual or small group to the societal and global, as well as from direct, primary trauma to secondary, vicarious, and transgenerational trauma.
 Interchangeable dynamics, traditions, and identities of victim / perpetrator, Us / Them, and Self / Other as common dilemmas for all societies and cultures
 Social and cultural influences on identifying with communal victimhood and ritualized refreshing of trauma as a required rite of passage into group identity and belonging.
 The power and practical necessity of compassion for healing, reclaiming fundamental security and self-worth, and restoring personal balance with the world through reconciliation with a perpetrator and demonized Other.

Dialogue and deliberation are seen as the essential engine of the conference. As such, whether participating in a prepared presentation session or actively taking part in the ongoing deliberations woven throughout the entire 4 day program, all attending will have continual opportunities for offering input and learning through contributing their expertise, perspectives, and personal experiences.

An added objective is to solicit input into developing the Global Network for the Study of Transgenerational Trauma, and this annual meeting intended to support it - including important questions a global study should address, challenges to such a collaborative initiative, and planned outcomes and beneficial applications of products that result from it.

 Conference Components

        A 4 day Schedule of:

  1.  Keynote Speakers
  2.  Skills training workshops
  3.  Topical Panels and Interactive Roundtables
  4.  Break-out Sessions of Practical, Research, and Theoretical Presentations
  5.  Presentation of the Social Health Care training and treatment program
  6.  Daily Facilitated Dialogue & Action Planning Groups 
  7.  Live 2-Way Global Links to Other Countries
  8.  On-site Blogging and Live Streaming
  9.  Networking for Cooperation on Practical Applications
  10. Interdisciplinary, Multi-cultural Learning Community
  11. Social-Cultural Events & Performances
  12. Artistic and Organizationl Displays
  13. Farewell Dinner Party on evening of Saturday, October 19

Conference Program Schedule

Wednesday, October 16

    4:00 pm                     *On-Site Registration & Check-in
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm:    CONFERENCE OPENING

Thursday, October 17
9:15 am - 6:15 pm:

    9:15 am -  9:45 am:    Plenary Keynote - A (full conference)
  10:00 am -  11:15 am:  Concurrent Breakout Sessions - B
  11:45 am -   1:00 pm:   Concurrent Breakout Sessions - C
    1:00 pm -  2:30 pm:   Lunch
     2:30 pm -  4:30 pm:   Plenary Session - D
     5:00 pm -  6:15 pm:   Concurrent Breakout Sessions - E 
    6:15 pm -  7:30 pm:    Dinner
    7:30 pm -                     Informal social visits into the city

Friday, October 18
9:15 am - 6:15 pm:

    9:15 am -  10:30 pm:   Plenary Session - F (full conference)
  11:00 am -  12:15 pm:   Plenary Session - G (full conference)
  12:15 pm -   2:15 pm:   Lunch
    2:15 pm -   4:30 pm:   Plenary Session - H (full conference)
    5:00 pm -   6:15 pm:   Concurrent Breakout Sessions - I
    6:15 pm -  7:30 pm:    Dinner
    7:30 pm -                     Informal social visits into the city

Saturday, October 19
9:15 am - 4:30 pm:
(7:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Farewell Banquet)

    9:15 am - 10:30 am:   Concurrent Breakout Sessions - J
  11:00 am - 12:15 pm:   Concurrent Breakout Sessions - K
                                            Facilitated Dialogue Groups

  12:15 pm -  1:45 pm:    Lunch
    1:45 pm -  2:45 pm:    Plenary Session - L (full conference)
    2:45 pm -  3:45 pm:    Final Dialogue and Action Planning
    3:45 pm -  4:30 pm:    TT  Conference Closing
    7:30 pm - 11:00 pm:   Farewell Dinner Party
                                          (a final time to break bread together)

Intent and Description of Program Sessions
          (also Guidelines for Proposals):
           Keynotes, Breakout Sessions,
Topical Panels,
        Facilitated Dialogue & Action Planning Groups,
 Live 2-Way Global Links:

1) Keynotes:
Keynotes by leading visionaries help frame the focus of the program, and are meant to offer insights, inspire, and pose important questions and challenges to address.

2) Breakout Sessions - Skills Training Workshops, Theory, Research, and Practical Presentations:
Prepared presentations for sharing skills, theory, perspectives, research, and analysis, introduction and demonstration of developing models and methods, experience with practical skills and approaches, and deep inquiry and deliberation on essential issues. The TT Conference is designed to be a cooperative learning experience, and so all presenters are asked to include opportunities for significant participant interaction and dialogue within their sessions. Presenters are also requested to be present for full participation in the 4-day conference learning community.

3) Topical Panels:
In keeping with the character of the conference, panels are intended to be more of an interactive dialogue between members addressing important issues - rather than a series of seperate mini-presentations. A typical format is to begin with brief comments by each panel member to stimulate thinking, followed by a discussion among these members, and then to eventually extend the dialogue out to include the full audience for a portion of the session to encourage a wider, more inclusive discussion on the topic at hand. This process is guided and facilitated by a moderator(s) to ensure opportunities for multiple voices to be heard, that the focus is maintained, and to keep things on track in terms of time.

4) Facilitated Dialogue and Action Planning Groups:
These sessions focus on the overall conference mission that all participants take part in. They are intended for processing the conference experience, delving further into issues presented, addressing relevant issues and questions that may not represented in the prepared program, offering input into the conference and Global Network, formulating action plans and collaborations for applications of learning, and additional networking opportunities. Content from keynotes, breakout sessions, topical panels, roundtables, and multimedia presentations provide the stimulus for these dialogues woven throughout the days of the program. Dialogue groups are valued as brainstorm generators and essential resources for input into the development and progress of both the TT Conference and the Global Network. Material emerging from these discussions is included in conference proceedings and outcomes, and used for future planning.

5) Live 2-way Global Links to Other Countries:
In addition to on-site presenters and participants, to expand the size and reach of the conferences key speakers in other countries will be Skyped into the conference for real-time, 2-way participation.

6) Interdisciplinary, Multi-cultural Learning Community:
A key intent of the conference is building an interactive professional learning community and common ground of reference to promote a concerted effort in exploring core themes and integrating formal learning. The program structure encourages participants to learn from prepared material while also bringing their own experience, perspectives, and wisdom to bear in exploring the theme of the conference. Experts in a variety of relevant fields will be on hand to both provide presentations and participate in the program along side all participants, including facilitated dialogue groups that further support sharing and processing learning. As such, presenters are requested to be present for full participation in the conference.

7) Social-Cultural Gatherings, Events, and Outings offer opportunities for cross-cultural sharing and appreciation, social interaction, and important community building.

 Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue

Common Bond Institute conferences strive to promote an inclusive, compassionate dialogue that honors different personal experiences, perspectives, and narratives, while allowing for better expressing and listening to each other as we work together toward understanding and harmony. Our intention is to create an open venue where we can engage meaningfully and invite in a public dialogue that brings our joint wisdom to bear in exploring sometimes difficult issues that effect us all. This is based on the premise that it does not require that we be the same to be appreciate of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us.
We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.

NonViolent Communication Guidelines: (Adapted from Marshall Rosenberg)

Unique Assumptions—NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. It also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

While NVC is much more than a communication model, the components below provide a structural concept of the process that leads to giving and receiving from the heart.

Honestly Expressing how I am and what I would like without using blame, criticism or demands

Empathically Receiving how another is and what he/she would like without hearing blame, criticism or demands  

Whether expressing or receiving, NVC focuses our attention on four pieces of information:

Observations—Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis
Feelings—Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame
Needs—The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings
Requests—Clear request for actions that can meet needs

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Other Annual Conferences by CBI in 2014:
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